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Hi Georgia, please introduce yourself.
I am Georgia, a photographer and poet, based in Athens, Greece. Analog photography became a hobby during my studies in biology around 2007. Back then I shot only b/w and many of those films are well hidden now. I was self taught for many years and in 2016 – 2018 i studied at the Focus school of photography and video which was a nice experience.
What does analog photography mean to you? What excites / fascinates you about it?
Analog means something unique, uncertain, dust, grain,waiting. I like that. In our digital world being an analog photographer sometimes means to be a loner. I like it when during scanning, i discover lightleaks and grains that weren’t there in the first place.
In your opinion, what are the advantages and disadvantages of analogue photography?
I mentioned some of the advantages above. As for the disadvantages, the cost of film is a major one.
Do you concentrate on a certain topic in your work?
I shoot a variety of things. Sometimes it depends on my mood. I stage things and people, sometimes my photographs are spontaneous. I shoot my everyday life and my environment. In a way my work is personal documentary.
Are there (analogue) photographers who have influenced your aesthetic and approach?
I like a lot of analogue photographers so each one of them has influenced me somehow.
Do you have certain cameras and films that you prefer to work with?
When I find the Superia 400 I can’t resist. Also Kodak Portra 160 and any expired film I can find are lovely options.
Speaking of films: What does your workflow look like?
I don’t develop by myself but I do scan my films. Their is no post process.
What advice would you have for other photographers who are reading this interview?
I don’t like being advised so I don’t have any advices. I do what I love, this is the key to everything.
If you publish your work on Instagram: curse or blessing?
It depends. Sometimes I regret it. Social media in general are a fascinating trap.
Which 3 photo books can you recommend / should you definitely own?
Well, the first is not exactly a photobook, but it is a perfect textbook on how to see things photographically, the title is “Photography: a critical introduction” by Liz Wells. I also recommend the “Traces within” by my beloved friend Eva Voutsaki and finally “the Essential Solitude” by Tereza Zelenkova. Both unique books, both by women artists.